Let us think for a moment of our worthy ancestors who studied the sky. They lived with a night sky unriddled by the  brilliant lights of so many of present day earth’s enormous cities. Pictures of the earth today taken by satellites that circle overhead show huge patches of artificial light. Most  of the dark, unlighted patches in the sky are over water. No floating, exorbitantly lit up, over- population there.

I have a theory that human beings who live, or spend much time in these great unlit patches on the planet-deserts and mountainous areas, too- are more closely tied to nature than city dwellers, many of whom have never seen the stars or constellations. Imagine kids- adults, too- who have never seen the Milky Way,  Orion, or the Big Dipper!!!

Maybe there should be a law passed that forced cities to turn off the lights for at least a couple of hours a night and allow a noisy crush of unwashed students, young and old, to sit in darkened parks,  beaches, roofs and back yards and use their eyes to gaze in upward wonder.

Lucky me, I still live in old Hawaii.  No bright lights here and the moon and Orion, setting in the winter sky, swing with splendor through my life. My husband, the sailor, taught me to love the naked  sky of darkness and I’ve witnessed  so many unusual nocturnal events my senses-all five of them- come alive with wonder.

We are so special today.  We have lived through the Great Year when our planet, out on the edge of a long sweeping galactic arm,  completed the 260,000 year journey around the center of our galaxy-the black hole- the scary central energy that drives our spinning spiral.

After both hurricanes, Ewa and Iniki, when we had no power-there were no manmade  lights at night-in a sky as clear as crystal- to spoil the celestial view. I’ve watched in awe this awesome sight and think of the ancients who- for thousands and thousands of years- studied and measured and watched and passed along the knowledge they gleaned from this natural wonder show.

So, since we are now entering the constellation Aquarius, and beginning a whole new cycle, I think we might  take a moment to respect and admire and be in awe of our marvelous human mind. Our brain. Our intellect. Our curiosity. Our insight. Our need to learn and share. From the ancient Babylonians to the Mayans-to all the more humble humans-seafarers, shepherds, camel drivers- who led the way, we need bow our human heads in thanks for this grand adventure.

We’ve had  a plethora of brave brilliant minds-astronemers, mathematicians, scientists-who moved us forward out of the dark age of Pisces. Because of them we have Hubble…

…Hubble! Have you seen pictures of the Horse Head Nebula in Orion’s Belt? Take a modern-day high-tech journey to The Thought Stash and catch a glimpse of this glory in the sky. Don’t you wish we could share this view with those who came before? With those great minds who sacrificed and struggled-and benefitted, too-that got us here.

We’ve come a long way, baby. And we still have a long way to go.


2 Responses

  1. Virginia slims, “You’ve come a long way baby, to get where you got to today, you’ve got your own cigarettes now baby, you’ve come a long long way!


  2. Took a swing at you this morning. Peace? Please go to my face book and watch the film. TED Great site.

    I am freezing in the trolley

    I meant humanity on planet earth has come a long way. 260,000 years! It is a new era. A new ago.

    Love’ya Bettejo


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